Set Free Community Church purchases permanent building for worship

| October 11, 2019

Set Free Community Church recently moved into a permanent building for worship on Walnut Street after 16 years of renting.

COSHOCTON – After 16 years of renting a space to worship with their congregation on Sundays and Wednesday evenings, members of Set Free Community Church found a permanent place to call home in late September.

“We had our eye on this building for years, but it was always unavailable,” said Dan Myers, husband to pastor of the church, Rita Myers. “One night, I was driving down Walnut Street and I saw a little for sale sign on the building and we called them that night. They were surprised that we had called so soon because they had just put the sign up that day.”

Set Free Community Church started in 2003 in the Chapel House located off of State Route 83. They were in that location for one year and when the people who owned the building passed away, the church was forced to move. They then rented off of Mary Oaks on South Sixth Street and were there for five years before moving to a location next door. After being there for four years, they were asked to move out of that building and onto Main Street where they remained for more than two years.

On Sept. 24, they began the process of purchasing the building at 843 Walnut St.

“It’s just been one miracle after another,” said Rita.

The church went through Home Loan Savings Bank to get their loan and were approved the very next day. Calvary Chapel, the congregation who had the building on Walnut Street for many years, was also very gracious as they gave the keys to Dan and Rita and let them start moving in on Sept. 25.

Some congregation members helped Dan and Rita move in. Those volunteers included Chad Wright, Aunt Fae, Greg and Bobbi Hill, Jon and Kathy Hutchison, Greg Donley, and Scott Miller. Some of the renovations that the church has been working on over the last couple of weeks include putting carpet in the office and they’ve done some cleaning as well.

The new church was officially dedicated at a service on Wednesday, Oct. 9 and the official papers were signed Thursday, Oct. 10.

“There were more hallelujahs and shouts than you’ve heard in church for a long time,” said Dan about the dedication service.

The church has services each Sunday at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. and on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. which is a praise and worship service. They have about 30 members with about 10 to 15 active members. New members are welcome.

“In 16 years, we have looked at 30 buildings and He [God] closed the door on every one,” said Rita. “We’ve been praying and asking God to open the door where He wants us and that He would close the door where He doesn’t want us. This was definitely God’s perfect timing.”

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I have been employed at the Coshocton County Beacon since September 2009 as a news reporter and assistant graphic artist. I am a 2004 graduate of Newcomerstown High School and a 2008 graduate of Capital University with a bachelor’s degree in Professional Writing. I am married to John Scott and live in Newcomerstown. We have two beautiful daughters, Amelia Grace Scott and Leanna Rose Scott.

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